Adam and Eve
In the Garden of Eden
In the beginning, the Lord made the earth – the heavens, the hills, and the seas. Then he created the sun and the stars, the land, the fruits, and the trees. Well… we know the story – God created the world and everything in it.
Then God created man – in His image. He took some dust and breathed life into it. Presto! The first man was created and he was called Adam which means man in Hebrew.
God planted a garden in the east — in Eden – where all kinds of beautiful and fruit-bearing trees grow. In the middle of the Garden of Eden were the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
God put man in charge of everything in the Garden of Eden with strict instructions, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will surely die.”
As Adam went about his business in the Garden of Eden, God thought that it was not good for him to be alone. God wanted to give him a helper so God brought all the animals and birds that He created and asked Adam to name them. Whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. He would say, “Monkey” or “Lion” or “Giraffe” and so on and on.
But there was no suitable helper for Adam from the animals so God made him fall into a deep sleep and while he was sleeping, He took one of his ribs. Then God made a woman from the rib and brought her to Adam.
Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh, she shall be called woman for she was taken out of man.”
That is why a man will leave his father and his mother and be united to his wife — and they will become one flesh. That is the principle of marriage. And Adam and Eve had the first marriage.
Adam named his wife Eve because she would become the mother of all the living.
Adam and Eve were naked but they walk in the garden without feeling shame for their nakedness. They lived in the Garden of Eden happily.
One day, a crafty little animal in the garden talked to Eve.
“Did God really say, ‘You must not eat fruit from any tree in the garden’?” It was the serpent.
Eve replied, “We may eat from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die…’”
“Of course, you will not die,” the serpent said. “God knows that when you eat from the tree you will be like God — knowing good and evil.”
The fruit looked luscious – Eve wondered if it tasted as delicious as it looked. And she thought how wonderful it would be to be like God – wise and powerful.
So Eve took a fruit and ate it. She also gave some to Adam, who was with her, and he ate it.
Suddenly, they realized they were naked and felt shame. They put fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
Then they heard the sound of the Lord God as He walked in the garden in the cool of the day and they hid among the trees in the Garden of Eden.
God called to Adam, “Where are you?”
Adam answered, “I heard You in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked so I hid.”
And God said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
Adam said, “This woman you put here with me – she gave me some fruit from the tree and I ate it.”
The Lord said to Eve, “What is this you have done?”
Eve said, “The serpent deceived me and I ate.”
God cursed the serpent, “You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.”
To Eve, the Lord said, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing, with pain you will give birth to children.”
To Adam, the Lord said, “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken, for dust you are and to dust you will return.”
Then the Lord God clothed them with garments made from animal skin.
Since man has now the knowledge of good and evil, God could not allow him to live forever by eating the fruit from the Tree of Life. He banished Adam and his wife from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.
After the Lord God drove Adam and Eve out, He placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the Tree of Life.
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